The San Francisco sanitation union has gone on strike, demanding better pay from the city. As a result, garbage collection has stopped and the streets are now lined with trash bags. Monk, naturally, has a hard time dealing with the stench. Things get worse, though, when union boss Jimmy Cusack is found dead in his office of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, bringing negotiations to a halt. Monk finds evidence of foul play, but the stench causes him to make outrageous accusations against the mayor, and even Alice Cooper. Written by
Did You Know?
Up to this episode there have always been six empty plant pots and six boxes on the shelves in Monk living room and now it's five pots and five boxes. See more
When Mayor Nicholson leaves city hall by the back door and encounters Monk, he grabs the umbrella from his aide Cutler. When they cut away at the car, Cutler again has the umbrella and then back to Nicholson on the next shot. See more
Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
Randy, I don't think we need to stand here and pick apart the Alice-Cooper-wants-an-antique-chair theory.